GH Recap: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Sonny feels guilty for the way he treated Claudia and stays by her side at the hospital. Robin and Patrick inform Claudia and Sonny that Claudia’s suffering from a brain injury. Robin and Patrick explain that medication would be the best course of action to treat Claudia’s injuries but it would most likely result in a miscarriage.

Patrick injures his finger catching Robin when she nearly falls down the stairs.

Carly suddenly collapses after returning home.

Alexis admits to Sam that she had been at the Mayor’s house and got into an ugly fight with his wife which was caught on security cameras. Alexis asks Sam if she and Spinelli could find a way to erase the footage of her at the Mayor’s house. Sam realizes Alexis would have been on the road at the time of Claudia’s accident.

Michael confesses to Kristina he thinks he caused Claudia’s accident.

Sonny sends Jason to apologize to Olivia for him. Both Dominic and Olivia are startled when Jason knocks on the door.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Claudia would rather wisk her own life than that of her baby’s.
  • Jax and Carly receive bad news.
  • Things don’t look good for Alexis.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Wednesday, July 20, 2009 2:50 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

Greg Vaughan (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The talk of the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend wasn’t what is going to happen next on the ABC soap, but news that Greg Vaughan, who portrays Lucky Spencer, is expecting his second child with wife Touriya Haoud. The couples first child, Jathan James Vaughan, was born in May 2007. The actor tweeted the happy news on Monday, July 20.

“As I lay in bed, adoring my beautiful family! My son slowly closes his eyes, & my beautiful wife caresses her belly as new life is blooming,” said Vaughan.

Reportedly, Haoud is three months pregnant, which marks her delivery date at or about January 2010.

Prior to joining the cast of “General Hospital” in 2003, Vaughan portrayed the contract role of Diego Guttierez on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” He has also appeared in a number of primetime dramas including The WB’s “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” and “Charmed,” and FOX’s “Beverly Hills, 90210.” He has also tried his hand at comedy with his appearances in “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and “Still Standing.”

In related baby news, “GH’s” Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) is expecting his first child, a boy, with wife Brienne Pedigo in October. Pedigo is a reporter for ESPN.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: Another Baby For Greg Vaughan


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    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Marian lays into Liza, saying she’ll have nothing more to do with her if she continues to represent Kendall.

    Zach and Kendall pledge their love to one another.

    Kendall goes to Willis’ office with Zach and Liza, prepared to accept the plea deal. Willis pulls the rug out from under Kendall when he announces the deal is off the table now that he has Emma as an eyewitness. Willis infuriates Zach when he announces he’s going after a murder one conviction. Erica assures Kendall that she and Ryan will handle the Emma problem. Ryan and Erica hide Emma at a safe house to prevent Willis from questioning her.

    While helping Scott clean out Stuart’s things from the attic, Annie has a flashback of being up there with Adam and Emma on the night of the murder. Adam is unsettled after reading Annie’s file, including her journal from Oak Haven that Willis gave him.

    Jake and Amanda bring baby Trevor home to Tad’s with them. Tad is surprised by the turn of events but is glad to see Amanda happy again. Taylor finds out what’s going on and volunteers to hide Trevor from David at her place until the time is right for Jake and Amanda to leave town. Jake, Amanda, and Taylor hide with Trevor when Liza shows up unexpectedly.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Kendall fails to get Emma to change her story.
    • Zach and Jesse are determined to prove Annie’s guilt.
    • Tad and Taylor grow closer.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



    OLTL Recap: Tuesday, July 21, 2009

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    “Head Over Heels”

    Rex and Gigi rejoice over the fact that they were finally able to turn the tables on Stacy. In the parking garage, Gigi encounters a menacing Stacy, who’s vandalized Gigi’s car with a crowbar. Stacy warns Gigi that the competition for Rex is just beginning. Gigi, having been pushed too far, attacks Stacy. Stacy ends up falling down the stairs after lunging at Gigi. Rex angrily demands answers from Roxy.

    A tearful Roxy admits that the mystery donor whose stem cells saved Shane’s life was actually Rex’s father.

    Cristian reads the cryptic letter that Fish left for Kyle. Layla takes Fish to task for going back on their agreement not to tell anyone at work that they’re dating. Fish explains that it’s important to keep up a macho image in front of the other cops. Fish pulls away from Layla’s amorous advances.

    Markko’s father catches him kissing Langston.

    Starr asks Cole to spend the night with her before he starts his undercover work.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Roxy’s confession is interrupted by Gigi.
    • Kyle dodges Cristian’s questions about Fish.
    • Langston attempts to put a smile on Markko’s face.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Johnny walks in to see Sonny and Olivia kissing. Johnny informs Sonny that tests confirm that Sonny is the father of Claudia’s baby. Sonny doesn’t believe Johnny but later learns he was telling the truth.

    Claudia gets in a horrific car accident trying to avoid a reckless driver. Carly, who happens to be close by, pulls Claudia from the wreckage. Claudia is rushed into the emergency room as Sonny watches on. Patrick and Kelly tell Claudia that both her and her unborn baby’s lives are at risk.

    Jason helps Michael cover his tracks when he admits he thinks he caused a car accident. Kristina fears she could have caused Claudia’s accident. Sam picks up on Kristina’s unease when she returns home. Sam and Jason suspect that either Michael or Kristina could have caused Claudia’s accident.

    Maxie is tempted to accept Spinelli’s marriage proposal after seeing the beautiful ring he got for her. Maxie asks Spinelli for more time to decide about his proposal.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Sonny and Claudia get news at the hospital.
    • Jason wonders if Michael’s responsible for Claudia’s accident.
    • Carly suddely collapses.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:26 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Is “Guiding Light” hunk Daniel Cosgrove headed to “One Life to Live” as the next Joey Buchanan? The answer is yes, according to two popular soap news magazines.

    Both Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest have gone on record as stating that Cosgrove and “OLTL” are thisclose to finalizing a deal to bring him to Llanview as Viki and Clint’s youngest son Joey, which SON recently reported on.

    The character was last portrayed by “Castle” star Nathan Fillion during “One Life’s” 10,000th episode celebration in 2007 (and originally from 1994-97). Should Cosgrove step into the role, he would become the seventh actor to tackle the long-time character. Other actors in the role have included Ryan Morris (1982-83), John Paul Learn (1983-90), Chris McKenna (1990-93), Don Jeffcoat (1997-2001), and Bruce Michael Hall (2003 and again in 2004).

    If “One Life” manages to land Cosgrove, it would most likely be fall before he would arrive in Llanview, given the fact that “Guiding Light” is expected to air until September 18th. It also remains to be seen is his “GL” co-star and “OLTL” vet Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly Cramer) would be returning as well.

    As for Joey’s big brother Kevin Buchanan, a “OLTL” spokesperson tells Soap Opera Digest that “there are no plans to bring back the character of Kevin at this time.”

    SON will keep you posted.

    In other news…

    Due to the July 7th pre-emption of “One Life to Live,” scenes involving Todd, Téa, and salsa musician Frankie Negrón are now scheduled to air on Wednesday, August 5th, instead of the August 4th date SON previously reported.

    A recent online rumor suggests that “OLTL” is looking to cast a Latino actress of around 10 years of age, for a role that could be either Markko Rivera’s younger sister or Todd and Téa’s as yet unmentioned love child. However, this should taken with a grain of salt, as there is currently NO evidence whatsoever to support the claim at this time.

    As first reported by SON in late May, “OLTL” has issued a casting call for the minor role of ‘Serge’ who, from the tone of the audition script, appeared to be involved in a drug related storyline. While unable to confirm the identity of the actor cast in the role, we can tell you that the character will debut on Thursday, August 6th, as the employer of the drug dealing teen Asher, when the pair pay Cole a visit. Also on that date, the character of Mannetti also first airs, as a cop assisting John and Cole in their undercover operation to lower the boom on Llanview’s drug ring.

    For those wondering, yes that was “OLTL’s” own Kassie DePaiva singing “If You Knew My Heart” during the Blair/John montage during the soap’s July 20th episode. According to DePaiva’s Twitter page, that song, along with “Untangled” (which she performed on July 1st), will be available “within the month” on iTunes.

    The mystery of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo’s recent visit to the “OLTL” set appears to have been solved. The Suds Report states that Manzo “will host a luau-themed party to honor the premiere of ‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding.’ Playwright Anthony Wilkinson, who works on the ‘One Life’ crew, wrote the play and stars alongside Scott Evans (Oliver Fish). The play is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. et at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, New York. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic research.”

    The Suds Report also claims that Michael Lowry (who will soon join the soap in the recasted role of Ross Rayburn) will be “sticking around for awhile,” per a set side source.

    Lastly, Bo, Nora, and Clint, think they have found a way to knock Téa down a peg and deflate Matthew’s hopes of winning his lawsuit on Friday, August 7th when they hire a new hotshot lawyer named Elijah Kent (Matt Walton), who looks to be just as much of a legal ace as Téa herself. And David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) surprises ex-wife Dorian on Monday, July 10th and soon pays a visit to best friend Viki, who wants no part of his latest scheme.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: In or Out? Is Llanview in Daniel Cosgrove’s Future?



    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 12:28 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” new Carlotta Vega breaks her silence and speaks publicly for the first time since replacing Patricia Mauceri in the suddenly controversial supporting role, sitting down with TV Guide‘s Michael Logan for an exclusive interview concerning the daytime drama’s upcoming gay storyline.

    Less than one month after Patricia Mauceri was unceremoniously fired from “One Life” after portraying Carlotta Vega since 1995, new details have emerged involving the actress’s apparent refusal to play out her scenes as scripted. According to Logan, Mauceri “refused to perform a story twist in which her character mistakenly thinks her son Cristian (David Fumero) is gay and reacts in a positive and supportive manner.”

    Deciding it would be ‘out-of-character’ for Carlotta, a rather devout Catholic mother, to act in such a manner, Mauceri rewrote her character’s scenes as she thought they should play out, and submitted them to “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini. Demanding that the actress stick to the original script, however, both sides refused to budge, and the EP showed the veteran soap star the door.

    Finding himself in a bind, Valentini placed an emergency call to Saundra Santiago, who previously appeared in Llanview during the summer of 2004 as Isabella Santi. The call came almost too late. Santiago tells TVGuide,”My problem was that, when I got the call from ‘OLTL,’ I was out for the evening with friends and had just finished a vodka gimlet and was about to have another. That was at 9pm. At 10pm the show sent me 20 pages to memorize and I had to be on the set the next morning at 6am. But somehow I pulled it off. Either I’m a real pro or just nuts.” Unlike her predecessor, Santiago explains that she”had absolutely no problem with the content of the scenes.”

    When asked why she took so long to speak publicily on the emergency recast, the actress explains that “I’ve been avoiding talking about it because I thought anything I say will offend somebody. It’s such a touchy subject. But I was very excited to go back to ‘OLTL’—I’ve loved that show since way, way back when Tommy Lee Jones was on it!”

    Reading between the lines, it appears that “OLTL” may be considering phasing out the character of Carlotta in the near future, given that thus far Santiago was only hired for two episodes. The actress reveals to Logan that her scenes are scheduled to air on September 3rd and 4th, and that “I hope they write more for Carlotta because I’d love to take over the role and do something new with it. Do my thing with it.”

    “I think it’s a really good storyline,” Santiago concludes. “The show is just trying to make viewers aware of [gay people]. I love Patricia and have known her for years. She’s a wonderful actress. I’m sure she had her reasons. Whatever. I don’t get involved in that aspect. I’m just so glad it worked out. And it’s a good thing I hadn’t moved on to that next vodka gimlet—that’s all I can say!”

    Click here to read Michael Logan’s full interview with “OLTL’s” new Carlotta, Saundra Santiago.

    On a related note, look for the much anticipated kiss between former gay lovers Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) and Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) to finally happen on Thursday, August 6th, as someone watches from a distance.

    In addition to her previous stint in Llanview in 2004, Santiago has also appeared on “Guiding Light” as Carmen Santos (1999-2002) and as Jean Cusamano on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos” (1999-2007).

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: Saundra Santiago Discusses Her New ‘Life’ as Carlotta Vega


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      Monday, July 20, 2009 6:39 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

      Alicia Minshew (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Alicia Minshew, who portrays Kendall Hart Slater on ABC’s “All My Children” is expecting her first child with husband& Richie Herschenfeld. Their daughter is due in November.

      “Richie and I are so thrilled,” said Minshew in a statement to Soap Opera Digest magazine. “I can’t wait to be a mom!” Minshew’s pregnancy is not expected to be written into the show as Kendall is currently involved in a murder mystery storyline and the show has no plans to change course at this time.

      Alicia joined the cast of “All My Children” in 2002 as Kendall Hart, Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) daughter after a childhood rape. In 2009, the actress received her first Daytime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama Series in May for her work on the soap.

      “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


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        Monday, July 20, 2009 9:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) —
        Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the best-selling memoir Angela’s Ashes, passes away at age 78, following complications associated with melanoma.

        Editor’s note: While we here at SON don’t normally report on news outside of the soap world, in this case we decided to make an exception, given Frank McCourt’s ties to the daytime drama “One Life to Live.”

        The eldest-born of seven children to poor Irish immigrants, Frank McCourt was born in near poverty in Brooklyn, New York on August 19, 1930. With the United States firmly entrenched in the Great Depression, work proved difficult to come by for his parents, Malachy and Angela McCourt.

        Hoping to improve the family’s fortunes, the family packed up and returned to his mother’s hometown of Limerick in her native Ireland when McCourt was only three years old. However, shortly after arriving on the Emerald Isle, the family sunk further into poverty. Often unemployed, Malachy earned very little money, which he would often use to buy booze to support his alcoholism. By the time McCourt reached eleven years of age, his father moved to Liverpool in the United Kingdom to find factory work during World War II.

        As the months went by, the elder McCourt send almost no money back to Ireland to support Frank, his mother, and his three surviving siblings (the other four children died of malnutrition and disease, even Frank himself nearly died of typhoid fever at age ten). In order to survive, McCourt dropped out of school at 13, held several odd jobs, and eventually stole milk and bread from area stores to feed his family.

        At the age of 19, Frank McCourt returned to the United States, and soon found himself drafted and sent to fight on the German front. Following the war, he returned to the U.S. and, thanks to the G.I. Bill, was able to attend and graduate from New York University. Receiving a Master’s degree from Brooklyn College, McCourt embarked on a thirty year teaching career McKee, and later Stuyvesant, High School in NYC, where he taught English.

        McCourt wrote his signature memoir Angela’s Ashes, illustrating his impoverished childhood in Ireland, in 1996. Among other things, McCourt notes in the novel how as a child, entire blocks of houses were forced to share a single outhouse, many of the homes were constantly flooded by torrential downpours, and infested with rodents. The highly successful book earned McCourt a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996, and a Pulitzer Prize in 1997. It was during that year that he made a special guest appearance as himself on the ABC Daytime soap opera “One Life to Live,” where his brother Malachy was in the midst of the recurring role of ruthless Irish terrorist Thomas Kenneally (part of the group of men who tried to kill poet Patrick Thornhart). Malachy’s other soap credits include “Ryan’s Hope,” “Search for Tomorrow,” and “All My Children,” where he portrays Father Clarence each Christmas.

        Following up on the success of Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt went on to publish two additional books; ‘Tis (1999) picks up where the first book left off and chronicles his new life in America, and Teahcer Man (2005) deals with his the challenges and obstacles he faced as young, inexperienced teacher.

        McCourt was a long-time member of the American Federation of Teachers and National Arts Club. After receiving the Award of Excellence of New York City’s ‘The International Center,’ he was presented with an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2002, at which time he was also awarded an Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award.

        Living in Connecticut at the time of his death, McCourt is survived by Ellen (his third wife), daughter Maggie (from his first wife), and three grandchild. He is also survived by three brothers (Malachy, Michael, and Alphie) and their families. Revealing in May that he had undergone treatment for melanoma and that he had since gone into remission, McCourt was in the process of taking home chemotherapy. However, after developing meningeal complications, Frank McCourt died at a New York City hospice on the evening of Sunday, July 19th. He was 78-years-old.

        To read more about Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winner novel Angela’s Ashes, click here.


        Discussion: ‘Angela’s Ashes’ Author Frank McCourt Passes Away



        Monday, July 20, 2009 3:42 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

        Drew Cheetwood (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Drew Cheetwood, 26, portrays Milo Giambetti on ABC’s “General Hospital,” but did you know that he is also the personal trainer for Robert Guza, Jr., the soaps head writer, and much of the cast and crew of the soap?

        Cheetwood is the younger brother of Derk Cheetwood (Max Giambetti, “General Hospital”) and is cousins with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine, “General Hospital”), but he didn’t get the job as Milo because of them. He got it because the show was interested in filling a role as one of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) bodyguards. Since he’s always on set helping the talent and crew get in shape, it was only a natural choice to seek Drew out for the role. But which career does he prefer? “Acting for sure. I moved out to LA to be an actor.”

        While “General Hospital” has provided Drew with his big break, he is still looking for that one role that will make him a star. “I’m getting offered stuff, which is fortunate. That’s what I’m doing now,” he said, though he couldn’t be more specific on what those things were.

        When Drew’s not acting, he’s in full-on Personal Trainer mode. “When I was little Steve Burton and Derk used to pick on me. They used to give me noogies and put me in headlocks. [But] when they come into my domain, they are mine,” he says. “The tables have turned. When Steve shows up, watch. I will make him go down and do push ups. I’ll just say, ‘Steve it’s time.”‘ In case you were wondering, Drew does have personalized workouts set up for the actors, it just “depends on what they are going for,” says Cheetwood. “Most of the guys want to look in shape.”

        As far as the Social Networking world is concerned, Drew is only familiar with MySpace. “I did MySpace, which I think is so 2007 – it’s now Facebook and Twitter. With my schedule, I can’t really get back to people as I should.”

        “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


        Discussion: One Time at Fan Camp: Drew Cheetwood


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